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The International Life Science Instutute - Nutrition Foundation is one of two major subdivisions (along with its ILSI Risk Sciences Institute created by Alex Malaspina of Coca Cola, who ran the ILSI and the Toxicology Institute. It was created to overcome some of the difficulties that the food processing industries had with the chemical, pharmacuetical and tobacco industries -- and them with each other.

It was created in 1985 by the ILSI absorbing the Nutrition Foundation Inc.

AT the same time the ILSI had also split off (or they just controlled) the Life Sciences Research Office (LSRO)

Documents and Timeline

1985 The formation of the International Life Sciences Institute -- Nutrition Foundation.

On January 1 1985, The Nutrition Foundation, Inc. and the North American Branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) joined forces and consolidated their programs. The combined activities and resources of these two organizations have been fully integrated under the International Life Sciences Institute -- Nutrition Foundation (ILSI-NF).

The Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute (North America) had oversight of the organisation. Paid staff were Dr L Jack Filer who was Executive Director and Sharon Senzik the Administrator

The Agency for International Development (AID) designated the Nutrition Foundation as the secretariat of both the International Vitamin A and Nutritional Anemia consultative groups which provided consultation and developed dietary guidelines for these conditions. [1]

1985 Philip Morris has produced a 20 page booklet "In the Public Interest" where it boasts about its philanthropic nature. One section on the goodness of its subsidiary 'General Foods says:<blokquote>General Foods continued its long-time support of both the Nutrition Foundation and the International Life Science Institute, two groups that merged this past year . The most recent Fund grant supported ILSI-NF's ongoing work to advance knowledge of food and nutrition, to promote food testing standardization, and to encourage worldwide exchange of food safety information[2]

1986 May 5A Lorillard report about a ILSI-NF symposium on "Food Antioxidants" says:

The ILSI-NF is a public, non-profit foundation, strongly influenced by the Coca-Cola Co., whichstiumlates and support scientific research and education in nutrition, toxicology and food safety.

It now has technical committees on:

  • saccharin
  • risk assessment
  • antioxidants. (Lorillard was interested in antioxidants for some reason).

A Japanese study had discovered that one of these popular food antioxidants, BHA, produced cancers in the fore-stomach of rats and hamsters. The American Health Foundation thinks it must be a tumor promoter, but the FDA was dragging its feet about any definite pronouncement. Some people thought the benefits of BHA outweighed the risk -- but others disagree. This document is mainly of interest because it illustrates the type of scientific exchange which takes place when some genuine chemical, not essential to cigarettes, is identified as a carcinogen. [3]

1986 Oct 21 The Chairman of the Food Nutrition and Safety Committee which has its own Subcommittee on Diet/Cancer (at the ILSI) has written to RJ Reynolds chief tobacco scientist Wally Hayes He wants a contribution of $1000 for a preliminary study on diet composition in carcinogenicity testing, with a further commitment of between $5,000 and $10,000 the following year. This is to be done by their own Life Sciences Research Office (LSRO) They are mainly concerned with over-feeding the lab rats. [4]